Unfortunately, America has always accepted lies as truth

There’s been a lot written about today’s social feeds serving as news providers imperiling democracy as people no longer base their opinions on truth but on lies. Unfortunately, America, and societies all over the world, have accepted lies as truth for decades at the very least.

I say that with the JFK assassination in mind. There’s no better example of lies being accepted as truth. Sure people will cite polls suggesting that Americans doubt the findings of the Warren Commission, but when someone asks Siri or Wikipedia who killed JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald is said to be the lone assassin. It is quite clear this is false, yet there is little up roar beyond dedicated JFK researchers. Most people simply don’t care.

Why do we accept lies as truth? Because it is easy and comfortable. We don’t like hearing facts that make us question how we view the world. People simply will not search for news that upends lies that they have come to accept as the truth.

Are legitimate journalists from reputable sources the answer? Nope. Need proof? Good, don’t just take my word for it. Journalists take the easy route all the time. The JFK assassination is just one example where the media are all too willing to spread government lies that do not add up to reality. Consider the build up to the Iraq War? Where were journalists questioning the official government statements then? The beauty of the American media is that they appear to be neutral entities dedicated to finding the facts. The facts they rely on are those provided by government agencies and major corporations. Press releases make the job of being a journalist much easier, and it may be a pipe dream to expect journalists to question press releases like they do unsubstantiated sources. Public relations divisions of government agencies and corporations ALWAYS have the ear of the media.

Here’s a truth bomb for you: no one does more work than they have to especially when that work penalizes your career. The journalist that publishes the first story that breaks open a scandal (think Watergate) is lauded. We want the latest news, not the late news.   Because of the demands of the job, it is understandable that a journalist would rather go ahead and produce the article expected by the editors than attempt chasing down a story that may not be a story after all. All the while, the media can appear as separate entities since they are not state owned, but information coming from the state is the media’s lifeblood. When the state lies, the media lies ignorantly along with it claiming to help inform the public.

Why we shouldn’t worry about fake news

We shouldn’t worry about fake news. There. I said it. Why? IT DOESN’T MATTER. People believe what conforms to the world they view as reality. Anything that does not fit into that puzzle is discarded and ignored.  There could be an article that proves beyond a doubt there is no god, and people would still believe in god. Why? It is too unsettling for people to live a life in which there is no god since they have believed from a very young age and have structured their lives around this belief. God exists to them even if there is not really a god out there somewhere. Fake news is not the problem in my eyes. The problem is a lack of understanding within society of its own self. We need to come to terms with the fact that people are still animals who are programmed by our society. Within America, we are programmed to consume. Consume what? The individual has power by choosing what to consume. Very few people choose to consume things that do not agree with them in some way. Consider your friendships. Your friends more often than not see the world the same way as you….that’s partly why they are your friends. They are also the ones most likely to change the way you view the world. Not an article you read on a news site or this site. Why? Because it is much more difficult to dismiss a puzzle piece (view of reality, information, fact, idea) coming from a friend who you respect and have invested your own emotions and time in. What we really need to stop are friends who spout bullshit! People will consume what they want no matter what Facebook plans to do to combat fake news. If they inadvertantly read something that is contrary to their beliefs that construct reality, they will just ignore it.

What are the CATO Institute and the Heritage Foundation? To me they peddle falsehoods to the congressmen and the public, but very few people are concerned about them. They likely do more harm than any fake news article ever has by influencing actual laws being made. I ignore them because I view society differently. That’s a topic for a different day though.

 

 

The Iceman – An In-depth Look at Anti-social and Paranoid Personality Disorder

There are five parts to these video interviews between the Iceman Richard Kuklinski, a mafia hitman and psychiatrist Dr. Park Dietz. These videos really give you a good look at the mind of an individual with antisocial and paranoid personality disorder.

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Part 1 – Kuklinski talks about how he wanted his victims to look at him right before he killed them. He talks about the surprise he would see in their eyes as he watched them die. Kuklinski talks about he doesn’t get a feeling from killing someone. Nothing at all. Kuklinski talks about how we would tie two cats’ tails together and throw them over telephone/electric wires and watch them claw each other to death. He mentions how his dad used to beat him and how he was glad when he was dead. He mentions disliking his mother but realized that she was a victim. He mentions that she would hit him with a broomstick to keep him in line.

Part 2 – Kuklinski talks about killing a man. He mentions getting relief from killing. No more pressure. No more tension. Like a cure all as he puts it. Kuklenski talks about how he would handle his anger issues when some young men in a van mess with him on the road in Georgia. Dr. Dietz pushes a few of Kuklenski’s buttons by challenging him about the murder of the young men.

Part 3 – Kuklinski discusses the murder of an individual and how he was surprised the victim’s head came off. He mentions not having any emotional response to seeing the man’s head blown off. Kuklinski discusses how he could dismember a body and not be sickened by it. He then goes into details about how he would make an individual suffer.

Part 4 – Kuklinski talks about his children and his relationship with his wife. Kuklinski asks Dr. Dietz what he thinks of him. Dr. Dietz goes into talking about his warped personality. He talks about antisocial personality disorder.

Part 5 – Dr. Dietz discusses the fearless nature of Kuklinski. Discusses how his genetics and the environment he was raised in both made him the man he is. Then he talks about the paranoid personality disorder of Kuklinski.

Antisocial Personality Disorder

These individuals show a persistent pattern of irresponsible and antisocial behavior that begins during childhood or adolescence. They are impulsive and reckless. They lack conscience or superego. ASP is the most thoroughly studied PD over a longer period of time than any other PD. Psychopathy and ASP are two different attempts to define the same disorder. However, they are different and do not identify the same people. They are no longer used interchangeably. Diagnosis of ASPD requires the presence of conduct disorder prior to the age of 15. At least three out of seven signs of irresponsible and antisocial behavior after the age of 15. Psychopathology Checklist (PCL) developed by Robert Hare is used.

Causes

Adoption studies have showed that the highest rates of antisocial behavior is determined by an interaction between genetic factors and adverse environment. People raised in more difficult adoptive homes were more likely to engage in various types of aggressive and antisocial behaviors as children and as adults.

Psychological Factors
Investigations have attempted to explain several characteristic features of psychopathy—such as lack of anxiety, impulsivity, and failure to learn from experience. There are two primary hypotheses to explain the poor performance of psychopaths on these tasks. Cleckley’s argument: psychopaths are emotionally impoverished. Psychopaths have difficulty shifting or reallocating their attention to consider the possible negative consequences of their behavior. They fail to inhibit inappropriate behavior because they are less able than other people to stop and consider the meaning of important signals that their behavior might lead to punishment.

Treatment
People with ASPD seldom seek professional mental health services unless mandated by the legal system. Even when they do seek treatment, it rarely helps. The high rate of alcoholism and other forms of substance dependence complicates planning and evaluating treatment programs.

Paranoid Personality Disorder

These individuals have a pervasive tendency to be inappropriately suspicious of others’ motive and behaviors. They have the expectation of being harmed and are completely inflexible in their views and expectations. Imagine trying to live everyday suspecting everyone of harming you.

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  • What can we learn from narcissistic personality disorder? [Lucas Wyrsch] (ecademy.com)